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A Brazilian diver who competed at the 2016 Rio Olympics died Tuesday of a lung infection. He was 32.

Ian Matos was influenced by British diver Tom Daley who inspired him to come out as gay in 2014.

Matos rejected his friends' advice to stay in the closet until after the 2016 Olympics.

He didn't want to keep his boyfriend hidden or miss the LGBT+ parties at the Olympics.

"From a young age, I knew I was gay, but it was here that I got to live my sexuality," Matos said.

Matos celebrated his vaccine status in an Instagram post dated August 4, 2021.

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He was diagnosed with a throat infection in October. The infection spread to his stomach and his lungs, before he died.

In November, friends and supporters raised funds to pay travel expenses for his family to travel to Rio, where Matos was hospitalized.

"Now he is dead. Thx to big Pharma," a fan wrote on Instagram.

"We are profoundly saddened to have received the news of the premature death of the Olympic diver Ian Matos, aged just 32," Brazil's Olympic Committee said in a statement.

"Team Brazil acknowledges his contribution to the evolution of the discipline. Our sincere condolences to his family and friends."

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Colton Underwood opened up about his fears and concerns as a closeted bisexual NFL player. In a recent interview, Underwood explained the extreme measures he took to conceal his bisexuality from his teammates.

"I wouldn't shower after practice because I was afraid of getting turned on in the locker room or in the shower," he told Alex Cooper of the Call Her Daddy podcast.

"I never really was attracted to anybody who I played with, or coaches. So, it's sort of silly to even say that. But, I wanted to avoid any chance of being outed, so I would not shower with the rest of the team.

"There was just a lot of things that I sort of did differently than other players because I felt like I had to, because I didn't want questions to start being asked."

The 29-year-old former "Bachelor" star came out as bisexual in a Good Morning America interview with Robin Roberts in April.

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Prior to that, he dated Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman in 2016; and 'The Bachelor' winner Cassie Randolph (pictured) in 2019.

In September 2020, Randolph filed a restraining order against Underwood, alleging that he stalked her and sent her harassing text messages.

The incident caused Underwood to give up on all women forever.

Underwood is currently dating Democratic strategist Jordan C. Brown.
 

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Black feminist author, professor and poet Gloria Jean Watkins, known by her pen name bell hooks, has died at age 69.

Hooks took her pen name from her great-grandmother -- "a sharp-tongued woman, a woman who spoke her mind."

She died peacefully at her home in Berea, Kentucky on Wednesday. Her death was confirmed by her family.

Her niece, Ebony Motley, said hooks was surrounded by family and friends, including author and TV personality Kevin Powell, who wrote an emotional tribute to his friend and mentor on Instagram.

Powell captioned a B&W photo of hooks:

"I am profoundly saddened by the death of bell hooks, my mentor, friend, sister, one of our greatest writers and thinkers... I cried sitting there with her as she slept, thinking of our 27-year history, of the man I am now because of her. Like others who visited privately in bell’s final days, I held her hands, I touched her knees, I rubbed her feet, as she laid in a hospital bed in her living room. I told bell over and over again how much I loved her, I told her over and over again, THANK YOU."

Motley said hooks had been terminally ill with cancer.

Hooks once referred to singer Beyonce as a "sexual terrorist" and said she wasn't interested in aligning Beyonce with feminism.

Hooks, who was childless and never married, described herself as "queer-pas-gay" and routinely criticized gay marriage. She argued that gay marriage oppresses women and black people.

She theorized that the ultimate expression of feminism and sexual freedom is celibacy.

When asked about her own journey to sexual freedom, hooks said:

"People don't ask me much, I guess I'm getting old... I identify myself as queer-pass-gay and I came up with this with one of my white colleagues, lesbian colleagues where we were saying that all of our lives we've experienced ourselves as queer as not belonging, as the essence of queer."

 

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Jussie Smollett testified in his own defense on day 5 of his hate crime hoax trial in Chicago on Monday.

Smollett, 39, faces six felony counts of lying to police -- charges that carry a maximum sentence of 3 years in prison for each count if convicted.

Instead of having a come-to-Jesus moment and showing some remorse on the witness stand, a smug Smollett lied under oath and said "there was no hoax."

He claimed he really was attacked by Nigerian brothers Olabinjo and Abimbola "Abel" Osundairo on that chilly night in January 2019.

Smollett originally told police he was attacked by two white supremacists who called him a gay slur, tied a "noose" around his neck and poured bleach on him. He claimed they yelled Chicago was "MAGA country."

Smollett said he kept the thin clothesline around his neck when officers arrived at his apartment because his creative director Frank Gaston "told me to put the stuff back on as to not mess with the evidence."

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The disgraced actor said he hesitated to call police after the alleged attack because he was concerned over how it might impact his career.

"I want to play a boxer, I want to play a superhero, I want to blow stuff up. The moment I got beat I became a f****t who got his ass whooped."

He said he lost his livelihood because of all the bad publicity.
 
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Smollett also testified that he declined to hand over his cell phone to investigators because CNN anchor Don Lemon sent him a text message saying Chicago police didn't believe his story.

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On Saturday, CNN fired its troubled host Chris Cuomo for helping his disgraced brother Andrew Cuomo dig up dirt on his sexual harassment accusers.

However, CNN is standing by Chris Cuomo's pal, anchor Don Lemon who has his own sexual harassment case to worry about.

Lemon is accused of "vigorously" fondling a man's genitalia during a drunken incident at a Long Island bar in 2018.

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Dustin Hice (left) said he turned down three settlement offers from Lemon and CNN.

In response to Cuomo's termination, Hice called CNN "a predator protecting machine." He added, "They're a network rife with predators and perverts."

Lemon, 55, acknowledged texting Jussie Smollet "every day" in an episode of Red Table Talk in 2019.

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"So every day I say... 'I know you think I'm annoying you, but I just want to know how you're doing. And that you're OK. And that if you need somebody you can talk to me because there's not a lot of us [Black openly gay public figures] out there,'" Lemon said. "Sometimes he responds, sometimes he doesn't. He responded and said, 'You are not annoying.'"

Lemon explained his experience as an openly gay Black man in America.

"I've had fear recently because of the political environment. I get death threats... I have security," Lemon said. "All of these things that happen. Listen, we've always been divided ideologically, but there's something different going on now."

But Lemon turned on his former friend and called him a liar in 2019.

"He even lied to a lot of people... including me. And that's not cool," he told his viewers.

Lemon said Smollett had "lost the fight in the court of public opinion."

"He lost because — not his fault. Maybe people were — I don't know what they were saying to him, maybe because of his representatives. Who knows? But it was handled poorly."

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Jussie Smollett took the stand in his own defense in a last-ditch effort to avoid going to prison.

Smollett raised a defiant fist as he arrived at the Cook County courthouse with his mother, Janet Smollett, on Monday, Dec. 6.

Despite his display of defiance sources say the "Empire" actor fears he will be convicted.

He is charged with six counts of felony disorderly conduct for lying to police about an alleged hate crime in Chicago in 2019.

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The disgraced actor fears he will lose the case after one of his attorneys accused the judge of lunging at her last week.

Tamara Walker, Esq. accused Judge James Linn of moving aggressively toward her during a sidebar when she asked him to declare a mistrial.

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Judge Linn denied lunging at the curvaceous attorney and declined her request for a mistrial.

Smollett, 39, testified on Monday that he went to bathhouses, took drugs and had sex with one of his co-conspirators, Abel Osundairo.

Smollett told the jury that he and Abel Osundairo went to a gay bathhouse again and "there was some touching." He mentioned that there was gay pornography on the walls.

"We went alone, we got a private room again. We made out a little bit and this time we masturbated together."

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Smollett said he and Abel (left) went to the bathhouse after leaving a strip club with Abel's brother, Olabinjio Osundairo. Smollett was in a steady relationship with another man at the time.

A bathhouse is a place where gay men go for amenities such as massages and facials, and to have intimate relations with strangers in a wet environment.

Smollett made the admission because Abel testified last week that he and Smollett never had intimate relations.

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Smollett said he took drugs with Abel because he felt pressured by "Empire" creator Lee Daniels (right).

He said Daniels told him that he was for gay Black men what Phylicia Rashad was for Black women on The Cosby Show.

The pressure made him turn to drugs, which Abel supplied him with, according to Smollett. He said he paid Abel $200 for drugs.

The actor said he was "creeped out by Abel's muscle-bound brother, Ola Osundairo, who Walker said was homophobic.

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Black Twitter was outraged after a character on Prime Video's "Harlem" bust it wide open in a scene with star Meagan Good.

Viewers who tuned in to watch "Harlem" didn't expect to see a male character exposing his back door during what was supposed to be an intimate heterosexual scene.

The Black women empowerment series has been heavily criticized for being "too woke" and liberal for many viewers.

Twitter activist Tariq Nasheed wrote:

"This #HarlemOnPrime is really an LGBT show disguised as a "girl power" vehicle. All the sex scenes are generally same sex couples. And the one "heterosexual" sex scene that was about to happen was with Meagan Good, but the dude got in bed and spread his boochie cat open."

Black Twitter expressed similar sentiments.

Watch the trailer for the series below.
 

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Rapper DaBaby is in hot water again after reportedly cutting ties with AIDS organizations.

Several AIDS organizations say DaBaby cut off communications after they asked for the funding he'd promised.

"Since [late Aug.], we have not received any outreach, partnership, or funding from DaBaby. The onus is now on him, if he chooses to, to convert his misinformation into allyship by supporting the work of the Black AIDS Institute and other people of color-led HIV organizations."

If you recall, the AIDS organizations forgave the troubled rapper after his career was canceled following his homophobic rant in Miami earlier this year.

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"If you didn't show up today with HIV/AIDS, any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that will make you die in 2, 3 weeks, put ya cellphone light in the air... Fellas, if you ain't sucking d*ck in the parking lot, put ya cellphone light in the air. Keep it f**king real!"

The backlash was swift and a plethora of summer music festivals dropped DaBaby from their lineups.

Black HIV leaders called for a meeting with the artist in an open letter on August 04 "to which DaBaby affirmatively responded."

After the meeting, they issued a glowing report and gave their blessing for DaBaby to resume touring -- as long as he gave them his tour proceeds. But those checks were never cut.

They said in a statement, at the time:

"During our meeting, DaBaby was genuinely engaged, apologized for the inaccurate and hurtful comments he made about people living with HIV, and received our personal stories and the truth about HIV and its impact on Black and LGBTQ communities with deep respect... DaBaby's willingness to listen, learn, and grow can open the door to an entirely new generation of people to do the same."

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A 1st grade teacher is being dragged on Twitter for discussing her lifestyle with her 6-7 year old students.

Professor Nalo tweeted:

"My students call me Professor Nalo because I prefer not to use Mrs. or Mr. in my classroom. I teach all subjects as a 1st grade teacher, but my favorite moments are always when my students ask about my queerness.

"I was asked recently during a podcast interview why i don’t use Mrs. or Mr. to refer to myself, and I asked her why I needed to. She said “don’t you think it’ll be hard for children to adjust?

"But the truth is, it has never been children that struggle with adjusting to the complexities of human experiences. My students are 6-7 years old and they are still steeped in the magic of curiosity.

"My students know about and have met my wife at school, they know I’m queer, and the turtles will call ANYBODY out for calling me “mrs” anything. I told them my story once & never needed to say it again. If only adults adjusted as quickly and easily, it may save many of our lives."


 
One parent wrote: "I'd take my children out of your class in a heartbeat! Your personal life isn't necessary to six year olds or anyone you're teaching for that matter!"

A mom of twins tweeted: "Why would discussing your sexuality with CHILDREN ever be ok? Why would discussing this with small children bring you pleasure and be your favorite moments?"

Another person wrote: "No 1st grader has ever asked about 'queerness' unless they've been told about it beforehand."

And one person accused Nalo of indoctrinating children: "Sounds pretty pedo to me. You shouldn't be discussing sexuality with any children."

Question: Should teachers discuss their sexual lifestyles with 1st graders?

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Old Dominion University students have launched a petition to remove a female-to-male trans professor who promotes legalizing pedophilia.

Dr. Allyn Walker, who teaches sociology and criminal justice at ODU, sparked outrage by changing the terminology "pedophile" to MAPs: minor-attracted persons.

In a book titled A Long Dark Shadow: Minor-Attracted People and Their Pursuit of Dignity, Walker argues that minor-attracted people are simply misunderstood.

Walker writes:

"A lot of people when they hear the term 'pedophile', they automatically assume that it means a sex offender, and that isn't true. And it leads to a lot of misconceptions about attractions towards minors."

Walker continued:

"From my perspective, there is no morality or immorality attached to attraction to anyone because no one can control who they're attracted to at all. In other words, it's not who we're attracted to that's either OK or not OK. It's our behaviors in responding to that attraction that are either OK or not OK."

Old Dominion University's administration responded by distancing itself from Walker's comments, but stopped short of removing the professor.

Alumni are outraged at the school's response to the controversy.

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A Change.org petition calling for the school to remove Walker has garnered nearly 3,000 signatures.

Mikiah Everett, an ODU alumnus, said she was "disgusted" by ODU's decision.

"We do not need to change the 'terminology' for pedophiles," Everett said.

"I am disgusted at their response to protect someone that is an advocate for pedophiles and affiliated with the organization Prostasia (a pedophilia advocate group under the guise of a children protection organization.) Dr. Walker has crossed a line and has dressed it up in academic jargon."

Walker reacted to the outrage by saying, "I want to be clear: child sexual abuse is an inexcusable crime."

Walker, who has interviewed child victims as part of research, said:

"As an assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice, the goal of my research is to prevent crime. I embarked on this research in hopes of gaining understanding of a group that, previously, has not been studied in order to identify ways to protect children."

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Don Lemon's rape accuser, Dustin Hice, reportedly turned down three settlement offers - including a recent offer of $500,000.

On Monday, Hice appeared on The Megyn Kelly Show where he claimed the openly ghey news anchor offered to pay him $500,000 to remain silent.

Hice claims he was groped by Lemon at Murf's Backstreet Tavern in July 2018. He filed a lawsuit against Lemon in a Suffolk County Court in 2019. The lawsuit is still pending.

Hice says he turned down the settlement offers because he's not after Lemon's money.

Instead, Hice wants peace and an admission of guilt or an apology after allegedly being violated by the CNN Newsroom Live host.

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Hice stopped short of calling Lemon an unrepentant narcissist who drunkenly fondles men in bars.

"This isn't about me trying to get money... At this point, I just want my life back. I don't see any kind of settlement happening without an admission of guilt or an apology, but I seriously doubt with his ego and pride that's going to happen."

The 55-year-old news anchor has vigorously denied the allegations.